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Adamantium costs 
9th-Mar-2006 11:06 am
Can someone who has a 3.5 dmg check something for me?

In 3.0, the cost for an adamantium weapon was +3000 for a melee weapon that did 1d4 or 1d6 and +9000 for a melee weapon that does 1d8 or 1d10 ...

A friend just told me that in 3.5 the cost for all adamantium melee weapons was +3,000

Can someone confirm this please?
9th-Mar-2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Per the SRD, the cost of an Adamantine weapon is +3,000 gp.
9th-Mar-2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your brevid response! Appreciated.
9th-Mar-2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
So, "brevid" sounds like both "brief" and "gravid"...I'm getting a mental image of a pregnant woman giving a short, clipped answer.

9th-Mar-2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
It's true, unfortunately.

One would think that the cost would be based on the size of the weapon, or perhaps the weight of the weapon. An adamantine greatsword shouldn't cost as much as an adamantine blowgun dart.
9th-Mar-2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
The cost isn't purely the cost of buying a chunk of adamantine. It includes finding, mining, processing, refining, shaping, and maybe forging (though that cost probably falls under the weapon's cost category).

Anyway, differing costs of special materials are already given for different classes of items...mithril armor, for example, costs less for light armor than for heavy armor.

Also, a dart would cost 60 gp extra vs. the 3k for the greatsword. A better example would be greatsword vs. dagger or spear (head only).
9th-Mar-2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
In 3.0, adamantine was a huge advantage in virtually every instance: it was a non-magical enhancement bonus; this meant bigger-damage weapons benefitted more from it.

In 3.5, adamantine does the same thing, no matter the weapon: it beats DR **/adamantine, and ignores 20 points of Hardness. This change is why the cost was dropped to be the same.

Also, "adamantine blowgun darts" would be treated as ammunition, not as a weapon. 50 adamantine blowgun darts would get the same +3000 gp cost that a single adamantine greatsword got.
9th-Mar-2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Technically, there is no cost for adamantium weapons in 3.5.

It's adamantine.

That said, it's easy to confirm in the equipment & special materials section of http://www.d20srd.org/.
10th-Mar-2006 01:01 am (UTC)
I wanna know how much vibranium weapons cost. Or really, I wanna know what the material does in D&D terms.
10th-Mar-2006 01:27 am (UTC)
What's vibranium?
10th-Mar-2006 01:30 am (UTC)
It's what Iron Man's suit is made out of. Captain America's shield is a vibranium/adamantium alloy.
10th-Mar-2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Who is this Iron Man that you speak of? Is it some sort of golem?
10th-Mar-2006 01:31 am (UTC)
okay, after doing a quick wiki check, I think vibranium would be best modeled as a Silence spell effect on the armor (absorbs vibrations).

Reading a bit further, I'd go with DR 3/- (absorb punches and bullets) ... which is already offered by Adamantine armor.
10th-Mar-2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Maybe not the full benefit of Silence, but perhaps sonic immunity, or at least a generous sonic resistance.
10th-Mar-2006 05:40 am (UTC)
I'd probably model DR that absorbs punches and bullets, but is less effective against blades, as DR 3/slashing, DR 3/piercing, or DR 3/slashing or piercing.
11th-Mar-2006 12:41 am (UTC)
See my post below.
11th-Mar-2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Err...I didn't pick up anything about a lower effectiveness vs. blades. Was that a weakness of the metal in the comics?
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